Fortnite is bringing things back to Chapter 1, where it all began. They’ll do it in an update called Fortnite OG, taking players back to the original map with several returning skins, weapons, and beloved POIs.
The Fortnite OG Map update will be a huge callback for players around during 2018 Fortnite, and this means a lot of changes. It’ll be happening in an exclusive event for a short time, too. Here’s what you need to know about when the Fortnite OG Map returns, kicking off the start date for Fortnite’s Chapter 4 Season 5.
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Fortnite OG Season Start Date?
From what we can tell, the Fortnite OG Map is set to return when Chapter 4, Season 4 ends. The end day is expected to be Friday, November 3, 2023, and the servers are expected to close down at 2 AM ET. For many players, including pros and streamers, who stick around for the start of a Fortnite season, this is the expected end date, and the start of Fortnite’s OG Map return should be later that morning of the same day, November 3, 2023, likely sometime between 8 AM to 10 AM ET. The exact time could vary based on how long it takes for the Epic Games team to work through it.
Fortnite won’t be down for long, though. While it’s down, the files for the game will be updated to the Epic Games Launcher, which means data miners will be combing through it for everything new. This means new skins, challenges, map updates, and much more, and many of it will have connections to Fortnite’s Season 1 content. A week ahead of the event’s start, streamers and those who got their start creating content on the game received giant Chapter 1 signage, showing how much Epic Games is putting into it for fans.
What Time Does Fortnite OG Season Downtime Start?
According to a blog post from Epic Games, Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4 is slated to end at 3 AM EST on November 3. That means Fortnite OG Season Downtime will begin, and players will not be able to access Fortnite’s servers.
Below is a list of timezones for when Fortnite Downtime will begin:
|Pacific Time (PT)||12 AM|
|Mountain Time (MST)||1 AM|
|Central Time (CT)||2 AM|
|Eastern Time (ET)||3 AM|
|Brasilia Standard Time (BT)||4 AM|
|Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC)||7 AM|
|Central European Standard Time (CEST)||8 AM|
|Egypt Standard Time||9 AM|
|Moscow Standard Time||10 AM|
|Gulf Standard Time (GST)||11 AM|
|India Standard Time||12:30 AM|
|Beijing Time/China Time||3 PM|
|Japan Standard Time||4 PM|
|Australian Eastern Daylight Time||5 PM|
|New Zealand Daylight Time||8 PM|
What Time Does Fortnite OG Season Start?
At the time of writing, we don’t know the exact time the Fortnite OG Season update will start. That said, we have a frame of reference for when we could see it roll out.
Every Season during Fortnite Chapter 4 has started between 7 – 8 AM EST. iFireMonkey reported that downtimes typically last between 5-6 hours, but being such a massive update, it could take longer.
What Is the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 5 Start Date?
Although the primary focus for Fortnite’s OG Map update is set to be Friday, November 3, 2023, this is the same date for the next cycle of content, Chapter 4, Season 5. This will be starting on November 3, 2023, and will likely have the same timeframe as previous Fortnite seasons, full of weekly content, holiday events, and exclusive skins available for a limited time in the Fortnite Store.
The Fortnite OG Map update looks to be an exclusive event for four weeks. The end of the OG Map series of challenges is set to conclude on December 8, 2023, likely right before the Fortnite holiday events, or the two will be pretty close together.